Here goes: I'm a Mom and I want a gun.
That's right. I have a small child, a toddler in fact, that I love to the moon and back and I still want a gun. I've thought it through and I didn't arrive at this conclusion quickly. I've discussed it with my husband, family and friends and my decision is unwavering.
Here are some of my reasons:
- It's my right as an American. The second amendment to the Bill of Rights solidifies my right as an American to own a firearm. Very few countries in the world give their citizens this same legal opportunity and because my country does, I think it's not just my right, but my duty to own a firearm.
- Protection. I feel safe in my house and my neighborhood. My husband and I choose our location because it's a great place for our son and we had very little concerns for safety. However, I'm not naive enough to think that any place is 100% safe, all the time. I don't believe that having a gun means that I'll be inclined to use it. In fact I think it means that I will educate myself and have the utmost respect for it. However, knowing I'll have a gun tucked away, out of reach of my child, will give me peace of mind. It's just the knowledge that it's present in case of emergency that appeals to me.
- For sport. I've never shot a gun, but I think I'd love the thrill of going to a firing range. I'm looking forward to learning about the mechanics of a firearm, growing the respect necessary to handle one and then practicing and shooting with accuracy. I love almost every sport and there's something very intriguing to me about taking a stance and calmly pulling the trigger, to gauge my precision.
- I'll lock it up. I'd like to think of myself as a responsible parent. I know that some of you will beg to differ after reading this post. But when I do get a gun I will take every precaution to make sure that my son and anyone that shouldn't have access to the gun, won't. I've done some research on gun vaults and safes that use fingerprints to grant access. I wouldn't allow a gun in my home if it weren't stored in a device that was incredibly secure and the storage would need to give me the peace of mind that only and my husband can access its contents. Check out some safe gun storage options here.
- In case there's a zombie apocalypse or if terrorists invalid America. No explanation needed here. I have my bases covered.
Are there any gun-touting mama's out there? What other aspects of having a firearm do I need to consider?